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Join us on December 9 for PR News' PR People Awards Luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. where we will showcase top talent, the passionate professionals and budding PR leaders and creative practitioners under 30 who day in and day out are making communications matter in the marketplace. PR News' PR People Awards Luncheon will celebrate all of these individuals who set benchmarks of excellence in public relations. The luncheon will also celebrate the honorees for the Rising PR Stars 30 & Under Awards, honoring the brightest budding PR leaders and creative practitioners in the industry.

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Extend your stay in the nation's capital by also registering for PR News' Digital Communicators Boot Camp on December 10 and the annual Media Relations Next Practices Conference on December 11. These two events will also take place at the National Press Club in D.C.

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PR People Awards Finalists, PR People Hall of Fame Inductees & Rising PR Stars Honorees

PR People Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Gil Bashe, Makovsky
  • Ray Day, Ford Motor Company
  • Sabrina Horn, The Horn Group
  • Jody Powell (posthumous) and Sheila Tate, Powell & Tate
  • Frank X. Shaw, Microsoft
  • Zenia Mucha, The Walt Disney Co.

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Agency Account Manager of the Year

  • Sarah Chavey, ANTHEMIC Agency
  • Amber Meredith, Marina Maher Communications
  • Meghan Moran, Adfero Group
  • Kate Urbach, Havas PR

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Brand Marketer of the Year

  • Stephen Bonsignore, Cohn & Wolfe
  • Andrew Bowins, MasterCard
  • Dustin Hinz, Guitar Center

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Corporate Social Responsibility Leader

  • Ichiro Kawasaki, KPMG LLP
  • Lynn Marmer, Kroger

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Crisis Manager of the Year

  • Cari Brunelle, Hellerman Baretz Communications
  • Heidi Davidson, BlackBerry Ltd
  • Justine Griffin, Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications

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Digital Communications Leader of the Year

  • Brett Holland, Pepco Holdings, Inc.
  • Megan Levi, Ruder Finn
  • Kristin Montalbano, National Geographic Channel
  • Danny Olson, Weber Shandwick
  • Jennifer Stalzer, MasterCard

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Event Marketer of the Year

  • Andrenna Alkhas, The Stanislaus County Fair
  • Dan Hewitt, The Entertainment Software Association

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Internal Communicator of the Year

  • Cessie Cerrato, Palace Resorts
  • Rhonda Ellis, Pepco Holdings, Inc.
  • Margo Hackel, KPMG LLP
  • Amy Haran, USANA Health Sciences
  • Debbie Upton Helvig, Bank of America
  • Lori Poer, International Justice Mission

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MARCOM Professional of the Year

  • Judy Davies, Advantest
  • Sasha Hefler, UBIC
  • Taryn Holowka, US Green Building Council
  • MaryBeth Vrees, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

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Media Relations Professional of the Year

  • Travis Culter, Tyler Barnett PR
  • Jennifer DeGuzman, National Geographic Channel
  • Robert Nihen, KPMG LLP
  • Felix Schein, RALLY
  • Ronna Waldman, Marina Maher Communications
  • Tracy Zampaglione, Orange County Library System

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PR Professional of the Year: Agency

  • Katie Blair, Vantage PR
  • Nicole Dunn, Dunn Pellier Media
  • Matt Kovacs, Blaze PR
  • Drisha Leggitt, Drisha Leggitt & Company Communications & LCS Technologies, Inc.
  • Christopher Penn, Shift Communications
  • JP Schuerman, MWW
  • Ravi Sunnak, Havas PR
  • Jenna Thomas, Nebo
  • Teresa Villarreal, Newlink Group

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PR Professional of Year: Corporate

  • Christopher Ian Bennett, Guitar Center
  • Misty Dangel, USANA Health Sciences
  • Melissa Drake, ERA Real Estate
  • Chris LaPlaca, ESPN
  • Seth Oster, KPMG LLP

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PR Professional of the Year: Nonprofit/ Association

  • Lora Bodmer, NAMM and the NAMM Foundation
  • Lauren Lawson-Zilai, Goodwill Industries International

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PR Team Leader

  • Christopher Albert, National Geographic Channel
  • Ashley Collins, USANA Health Sciences
  • Allison Falkenberry, Rodale Inc.
  • Manuel Goncalves, KPMG LLP
  • Elizabeth Hillman, Discovery Communications
  • Lydia Howard, Vantage PR

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Public Affairs/Government Communicator of the Year

  • John Davies, Davies Public Affairs
  • Jeffrey Getek, Erickson Living
  • Tim Ryan, Weber Shandwick

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Social Media Professional of the Year

  • Michelle Catin, Palace Resorts
  • Tim Haran, USANA Health Sciences
  • Ken Makovsky, Makovsky & Co.
  • Josh Martin, Arby’s
  • Ying Shen, Cisco

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Spokesperson of the Year

  • David Daigle, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Courtney Nogas, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

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Publicist of the Year

  • Adrenna Alkhas, The Stanislaus County Fair

PR Student of the Year

  • Laura Plumb, Drake University

Rising PR Stars Honorees

Corporations & Associations

  • Michelle Agnew, Southwest Airlines
  • Jessica Bass, Beats Electronics
  • Brian Bell, Dr Pepper Snapple Group
  • Raha Bouda, Ubisoft
  • Lindsay Chambers, State of Hawaii Insurance Division
  • Molly Dince, CommonBond
  • Walter Fowler, Sprint
  • Rita Gorenberg, The Clorox Company
  • Daniel Groce, Allstate Insurance
  • Dave Heinzinger, inMarket
  • Kristen Jimenez, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Colin Jordan, Egnyte
  • Bilal Kaiser, Baxter of California / L'Oreal
  • Rebecca Kaufman, MasterCard
  • Daniel Martin, Jackson National
  • Maureen McCarty, Human Rights Campaign
  • Emily Meredith, Animal Agriculture Alliance
  • Kim Morton, Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Courtney Moscovic, Pizza Hut
  • Caitlin Murphy, Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative
  • Robert Myers, Wyndham Hotel Group
  • Sam Nathews, Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
  • Murphy Perng, 24Hr HomeCare
  • Alexandra Riegelhaupt, Mashable
  • Brianna Schneider, Hopper
  • Kathleen Slocum, Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Kathleen Stevenson, DePaul University Kellstadt Marketing Center & Midwest
  • Robin Suchan, Proteus Digital Health
  • Sarah Trigg, GameStop
  • Erika White, Pandora

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  • Jenna Beaucage, Rainier Communications
  • Bianca Bucaram, Zapatero+Bucaram Public Relations, LLC
  • Sharon Chan, Eastwick
  • Sarah Chavey, Anthemic Agency
  • April Claassen, APCO Worldwide
  • Eleana Collins, Warschawski
  • Louise Eich, Burson-Marsteller
  • Jessica (Evans) Fark, Edelman
  • Katie Fauquier, DEVENEY
  • Christianna Giordano, Cohn & Wolfe
  • Nick Goodwin, Weber Shandwick
  • Monica Guzman, Konnect Public Relations
  • Jennifer Hamilton, Hill+Knowlton Strategies
  • Adriana Infante, rbb Public Relations
  • Colby Jones, Text100
  • Lindsay Jordan, Profiles, Inc.
  • Dan Lantowski, Waggener Edstrom
  • Stephanie Lewis, Olson
  • Allison Mead, TogoRun
  • Kelsey Nason, Hellerman Baretz Communications
  • Adam Novak, PAN Communications
  • Danny Olson, Weber Shandwick
  • Lauren Parker, Peppercomm
  • Margarita Peker, Klick Communications
  • Julie Richter, Charles Zukow Associates
  • Hartley Suter, Fahlgren Mortine
  • Kate Urbach, Havas PR North America
  • Courtney Wagoner, Porter Novelli
  • Naomi Zeitlin, Waggener Edstrom

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PR People Hall of Fame Inductees:

Gil Bashe


Sabrina Horn

Horn Group

Jody Powell (posthumous)

Powell Tate

Sheila Tate

Powell Tate

Ray Day

Ford Motor Company

Frank X. Shaw


Zenia Mucha

The Walt Disney Co.